Origin of obsessfrom Classical Latin obsessus, past participle of obsidere, to besiege from ob- (see ob-) + sedere, sit
- When a book captures your mind and you cannot put it down or stop thinking about it, this is an example of a time when the book obsesses you.
- When you are consumed or haunted by thoughts of your lost love, this is an example of a time when you obsess.
To obsess is to think about someone or something to an extreme extent.
to haunt or trouble in mind, esp. to an abnormal degree; preoccupy greatly
to be obsessed or preoccupied: usually with about, over, or on
verbob·sessed, ob·sess·ing, ob·sess·es
To preoccupy the mind of (someone) excessively.
To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic: “She's dead. And you're still obsessing” ( Scott Turow )
Origin of obsessLatin obsidēre obsess- to beset, occupy ob- on ; see ob- . sedēre to sit ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present obsesses, present participle obsessing, simple past and past participle obsessed)
- (passive, constructed with with) To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion.
- Some people are obsessed with sports.
- To dominate the thoughts of someone.
- Thoughts of her obsess my every waking moment.
- (intransitive, colloquial, construed with over) To think or talk obsessively about.
- Stop obsessing over it, will you!
- It's easy to obsess over making sure every last square lines up perfectly with the next one.
- If you obsess about making the original idea work and rationalize that you're demonstrating stick-to-itiveness, you're just denying yourself access to a better opportunity.
- We do this as a matter of survival; if we obsess over every minor problem that crosses our path, we'll never accomplish anything, and we might be miserable.
- Men don't obsess on shoes like Carrie Bradshaw, but if you're buying something this fashionable, you want to keep them looking good.
- Instead, you obsess about the lack of quality singles and hold on to the wrong date fearing there is not someone better for you.